For a puppy of any breed, one of the most important skills is the ability to walk on a leash in a collar. It is with this accessory that the dog owner can direct it in one direction or another and pull it away from prohibited objects. The process of teaching a puppy to a leash is quite complicated for a small animal. Therefore, it is desirable to carry out all actions as gently and accurately as possible. Today we will talk about the age at which you can start training, and how it should go for a small puppy and adult dog.
When should training on a collar and leash begin?
Bringing a new pet home, many people think about how to train it with all the necessary commands. And the ability to walk with a collar in a leash is one of the basic skills of any dog.
When is the best time to start learning? It’s quite individual here, you need to look at the nature of the puppy and how it takes root in a new place. However, all dog handlers unanimously recommend strongly not to delay this process. As soon as you see that the puppy feels at home, you can slowly introduce him to the collar and leash. Of course, an adult dog can be accustomed to these accessories. However, the rule “the faster the better” works here.
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Training and getting to know the collar/leash
Many dog owners are interested in the question of when to start training a puppy for a leash. The main mistake of people is to familiarize the pet with this accessory on the first walk. In fact, to show and even try on a collar and leash is much earlier. That is, for the first time, the animal must understand what kind of objects they are while still at home.
Of these two products, for starters, it is worth accustoming the puppy to the collar. During the activity of a furry friend, put on his collar periodically, making sure that the product does not squeeze the neck. Only after the puppy ceases to be wary of the collar can you begin to acquaint the four-legged friend with a leash.
Like any other skill, training a dog for a leash requires encouragement. In principle, positive reinforcement greatly accelerates the process of acquiring new skills in animals. So, if you see that the puppy is getting better and better accustomed to new accessories, praise him, pet and be sure to give some goodies.
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Training your puppy on a leash
The appearance of a little puppy in the house is a joyful event for many people. Of course, at first, the dog will live exclusively indoors – it needs to get comfortable, get acquainted with its new owners, feel at home. However, over time, any dog will have exciting walks. And for the safety of the animal, as well as for the safety of strangers, it is much better to bring the puppy with a leash.
Initially, kids can be frightened of collars and leashes – and this is not surprising, because they still slightly restrict freedom of movement. But we assure you that after small lessons the kid will be able to calmly relate to the collar and leash and walk with him will become much easier.
So, how to teach a puppy to a leash?
- First, it’s important to buy the right collar and leash. Choose models depending on the breed and size of the dog. Of course, for a small puppy, the most simple options are suitable. The main thing is to make sure the product is of high quality.
- After getting to know the collar and leash (which we wrote about a little higher), you can safely proceed to the first important walk. Make sure the puppy is calm. So you can put on his collar and leash faster.
- When going out, be sure to bring your favorite pet treat with you.
- If you see that during the walk the animal is very nervous, bends over to him, stroke and calm him down a little. Show patience, the baby is just beginning to comprehend this world.
- If the puppy refuses to go on a leash and just sits in place, try to go a little further and call him using the treat you took with you.
- Repeat all the actions from time to time, following the sequence. Over time, the puppy will calmly walk on a leash.
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If you plan to train the dog on a leash on your own, it is important to understand not only the process itself but also take into account the most common mistakes made by many pet owners.
So, in the learning process, it is strictly forbidden to punish the animal and bring him physical inconvenience. Avoid tightly pressed leashes that are often touted as ideal for training an animal. In fact, such products do not bring the dog anything but pain. Agree, if a puppy in one associative row has a leash and severe pain, this is unlikely to accelerate training. And in principle, fear-based learning is not a good idea.
What other errors are there:
- Yelling at an animal, let alone beating it, is strictly forbidden. Such host behavior can cause stress in the pet and exacerbate the learning problem.
- When walking, do not pull the leash in the opposite direction or drag the animal towards you by force.
Training an adult dog on a leash
If your pet is quite old, do not think that it will be difficult to train him. With the right approach, you can quickly introduce the dog to the collar and leash. We recommend training in several stages:
- Choosing the right leash. For the first walks, we recommend buying a special leash, which is also called a training leash. It is quite short, which will allow you to guide the dog and adjust its behavior.
- Remember: any dog will try to pull the leash while walking. At the same time, activity in many animals increases as soon as they notice the collar in the hands of the owner – because this means that the walk is very close. Therefore, as soon as you put these accessories on your pet, wait a bit so that the dog’s excessive activity subsides a little. Only after this should go out.
- Want to wean an animal by pulling a leash? When going out, just stop at the moment when the dog pulls it. Do not drag the animal towards you. Just stand in one place. Over time, when the ardor of the pet has calmed down, you can continue to walk again.
- Be sure to reward your dog for good behavior. Carry your favorite animal treats with you.
- Remember that training an adult pet can take more time than training a puppy. This is not surprising, because you are trying to change the habits with which the dog lived for several years. However, with the right approach, all your actions will succeed.
You can also watch a video on this topic to better understand it.
In the process of accustoming the puppy to the collar and leash, the main thing is to ensure that the products sit on the puppy as comfortable as possible. If the dog is initially afraid of these accessories, it will not be easy to continue training. Having shown patience and calmness, you will see that the puppy easily learns new skills and can easily walk in a collar with a leash.